- 10th Anniversary of my BHR by Patricia Walter Owner/Webmaster
- 12 Year Anniversary for Patricia Walter’s BHR by Dr. De Smet March 15, 2006
- 2nd Annual Hip Resurfacing Course October 24 & 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA
- 3rd Annual Hip Resurfacing Course Sept. 4-5, 2009
- About The Surface Hippy Website
- Articles About Hip Resurfacing by Patricia Walter
- Belgium and My BHR Ebook by Patricia Walter
- Don’t take chances after hip replacement surgery by Patricia Walter
- High Metal Ions, Pseudotumors, Metalosis & ALVAL
- Hip Replacement Devices and Their Development
- Hip Resurfacing BHR vs Total Hip Replacement THR Illustration
- I Want a Hip Resurfacing But am Concerned About the Negative Response in the Medical Community
- Observing a live BHR surgery by Dr. Kusuma by Patricia Walter
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis by Patricia Walter
- Pat’s Corner – Articles by Patricia Walter
- Pat’s Corner – Everyone Recovers At A Different Rate
- Pat’s Corner –
A new member of the Hip Talk Discussion Group is considering hip resurfacing, but very concerned about the negative press and the medical communities not supporting hip resurfacing.
Patricia Walter, owner of the Surface Hippy Website, responded to his concerns about hip resurfacing in the following article:
Hip Resurfacing is a very special method of replacing a hip. Ever since I began this website in 2005, hip resurfacing has never been widely accepted by the medical community. There might be several reasons for that. One is that hemi-resurfacing which only replaced the femoral portion of the device had very poor success. When full hip resurfacing began, the situation was now metal on metal bearings, not metal on bone bearing surface. So once a procedure received poor outcomes and bad press – it never goes away, even when it isn’t the same as the similarly named option.
So many surgeons remember … Read the rest
My BHR is 12 years old. I have not ever had any problems with it or my hip. The real problem is that it is doing great while the rest of my 73 year old body is wishing it could also get an overhaul. LOL
Hip resurfacing is still a great option when you are a good candidate. There are very few problems with hip resurfacing for most people. There are always a few who do, unfortunately, have problems. Fortunately, there are not many.
The top experienced surgeons who have done thousands of hip resurfacings continue to have excellent results. Many other surgeons who did not do a large number of hip resurfacings no longer continue to perform the surgery. It is a difficult surgery and must be done with great care and experience for great outcomes. I have a list of these very experienced surgeons here:
Hip Resurfacing is very near and dear to my heart and left hip. I believe it is a wonderful alternative to a total hip replacement, if you are a suitable candidate. People with painful hips want to begin living an active life again without pain. They don’t want restrictions to their favorite sports and activities. Hip Resurfacing offers that opportunity to return to a normal active life without the fear of dislocation and other THR restrictions. Hip Resurfacing is also bone conserving. If a revision would be necessary, there is a complete femur bone left for surgery. Those two basic reasons are why I believe in hip resurfacing and have a left resurfaced hip with a BHR (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing).
I was very fortunate to meet a local man in my town that had a hip resurfacing with Dr. Amstutz in CA. He … Read the rest
Today (March 15, 2016) is the 10th anniversary of my BHR (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Device by Smith and Nephew) surgery. My BHR is still going strong with no problems at all. It feels just like my other unoperated hip – normal.
I traveled to Dr. De Smet in Belgium in 2006 because there were not many experienced hip resurfacing surgeons in the US. Also, I did not have health insurance and could not afford surgery in the US. Dr. De Smet had performed about 2000 surgeries at that time and was used by many hip patients in the US. I talked to quite a few of his patients via email and phone. I also emailed Dr. De Smet and he answered all my questions.
My experience in Belgium was wonderful. I received my BHR and in a few days was visiting the great shops and restaurants in Ghent. I … Read the rest
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What Equipment Will I Need At Home After Surgery?
Everyone has slightly different needs. There are some basic items almost everyone needs and then there are things that some people want and others just don’t need.
Crutches – Normally crutches are supplied by the hospital. I used elbow crutches and they are much easier to use than normal under the arm crutches. Overseas hospitals use elbow crutches while US hospital still normally use old fashioned under the arm crutches. If you have to be on crutches for a long time, I would suggest getting a pair of elbow crutches or at least a pair of the more modern underarm crutches available from many internet shopping stores.
Walker – some people that have bi-lateral surgery or special hip problems are required to use a walker. Whether you use crutches or a walker is up to your orthopedic surgeon.
My hip hurt, my body hurt and I needed a new hip. I had fought hip pain for almost ten years because I just did not want “half my leg bone cut off” to get a new hip replacement. It just did not make sense to me that doctors were still sawing off a big hunk of a femur bone to replace a hip. We sent men to the moon, had nuclear power and every kind of electronic device imaginable, so why are our operations still old-fashioned?
I asked myself that question quite often. One evening while visiting our local tavern, I was telling a gentleman my feelings about total hip replacement. I am not sure how the conversation started, but perhaps I was complaining about my hip pain. To my surprise, he told me that they don’t have to saw off part of your femur bone to replace a … Read the rest
Owner and Webmaster of Surface Hippy
I often have people write to me personally for advice and information. I have been researching hip resurfacing for about four years. I had my hip resurfaced March 15, 2006 with Dr. De Smet of Belgium. I have formed many opinions along the way. They are only my opinions from what I have read. I am not trained in any medical field, I am a Mechanical Engineer by profession. So everything I write about is my opinion based on information I have read.
Articles by Patricia Walter
Updated 10/1/2014I was very honored to attend the 2nd Annual Hip Resurfacing Course in LA on Oct. 24 & 25, 2008. The course was to teach new surgeons about hip resurfacing and to allow experienced hip resurfacing surgeons to share their experience. Allied medical professionals also attend the course such as physical therapists, surgeons not performing resurfacing and medical device companies.I hardly have enough words to describe the wonderful experience. I spent two intense days learning about every aspect of hip resurfacing. I attended sessions about approaches to surgery, patient selection, femoral cementing techniques, metal ion issues, learning curve issues, special uses for resurfacing, bioengineering information and many more topics. I found much of the information fascinating since I am a Mechanical Engineer. I now have an even greater appreciation of the experienced surgeon’s hip resurfacing skills. They are not only surgeons, but engineers and artists.
Faculty Panel … Read the rest
Article by Patricia Walter and Hip Resurfacing Surgeons
Patients and prospective patients are always concerned about the complications that could occur after a hip resurfacing surgery. The typical problems include femur neck fractures, dislocations, loose acetabular cups, improperly positioned acetabular cups, high metal ions, infections, pseudotumors, ALVAL and metalosis.
There has been a lot of discussion among patients on discussion groups about the high metal ion issue and pseudotumors. I am not a doctor or medically trained. I am a Patient Advocate, Hip Resurfacing Patient and Mechanical Engineer. I had the opportunity to attend the Second Annual U.S. Comprehensive Course on Total Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty October 24–25, 2008 Los Angeles, CA. I listened to discussions about the metal ion issues and pseudotumors. I am going to explain what I learned in simple, non-medical terms since that is all I can do.
As an observer, I learned that the high metal … Read the rest
There are people that have experienced very difficult recoveries and their return to a normal life has been very slow. I guess they are the Turtles.
Some are lucky and have an average recovery which puts them right in the middle of the Rabbits and Turtles – don’t really know what to call them but Average Joes.
There is really no way to predict what your surgery experience will be and what your rate of recovery will be. I do think that people who are younger and in very good physical shape often tend to recover faster, but that is not always the case. There was a person that ran a … Read the rest